Review | Casio G-SHOCK Aviator GW-3000M-4AER
We were kindly offered a G-Shock Aviator GW-3000M-4AER to review, by internet-based retailer and authorised Casio dealers, Really Cheap Watches. They may offer really cheap watches, but the experience, which we are promised is the same as a customer would receive when making a purchase, was of the highest value.
We received an e-mail to tell us that our watch had been dispatched by Royal Mail First Class recorded delivery and a useful tracking number. It arrived next day, securely packaged in a rigid cardboard box with the watch box further protected by polystyrene. Not that a G-Shock requires much additional protection of course, but it was nice to see that consideration had been given to guaranteeing it arrived safely and in perfect condition.
Included in the box was a business card offering us a further 10% off of any future purchase (and a mint!) - a nice personal touch.
Typical of a mid-to-high end G-Shock, the GW-3000M-4AER arrived in a square G-Shock cardboard box which on opening revealed the hexagonal G-Shock branded tin. To be fair, whilst we have been less than complimentary on these metal tins for the packaging of the Rangeman and the far more expensive Aviator GW-A1100-1AER, here it works rather well.
Removing the instruction manual, warranty card (stamped by Really Cheap Watches for guarantee purposes (which is two years) and additional instruction leaflet of key features, the GW-3000M-4AER sits on its side in the tin, tightly encased with foam and wrapped in a clear polythene bag. That instruction manual (like those for the majority of feature-rich G-Shocks) does seems incredibly thick, but as it’s in such a small form factor it needs to be, when compared to something of larger page size.
It never grows tired, seeing the hands on the dial of an analogue solar powered, multi-band 6 G-Shock automatically spin round, without any user input whatsoever, when taken from the darkness of the box for the first time and woken from its slumber. The time then, is automatically set, albeit to an hour ahead of where it should be for the UK, as is usual with all Euro-spec G-Shock watches.
A quick glance at the manual is all it takes to do an initial set-up and ensure the hand points to London and we are in GMT for the home time. Until we are next overseas, it should never need adjusting again.
This Aviator is certainly different to many of the G-Shock watches you will have seen from the range before. Of course, the most striking feature is that orange resin band, complimented by its resin keeper and double-tang polished stainless steel buckle. We were expecting it to be brighter than it actually is, so don't be put off by the vibrancy of the strap and the dial from the images - whilst it may not be suitable for wearing to the office with a suit, for casual wear or, more appropriately, for its intended purpose of a watch built for adventure, it looks superb.
However, whilst G-Shock watches are extremely popular with the police and military personnel due to their rugged design, we would recommend they consider other options than this bright orange G!
As always with a G-Shock, the strap has an incredibly wide range of adjustment so will suit the largest of wrists, right down to the smallest. You wouldn't use the word small to describe the dial however, at 48mm side to side and 13mm deep. Suitably chunky then, lending it a robust feel both on and off the wrist.
The case melds black resin with polished stainless steel to the sides, making it different to the usual gathering of G-Shock's in more ways than one.
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